I have not always invested in myself. Particularly when my children were young, I was more apt to make sacrifices than investments. But, at the beginning of 2014, I decided to invest in myself by pursuing one of my dreams.
I have always wanted to learn Spanish, so I challenged myself to complete all four levels offered in the Pimsleur program. If I succeeded, they estimated I would achieve 90% fluency. It required an investment of finances ($400 used on eBay) and of time (30 minutes a day interacting with audio lessons).
I remember thinking that if I made the decision to go for it, then at the end of the year I would have accomplished a dream. In so doing, I would have changed my life. If I didn’t go for it, I would end the year in much the same way I began it – no closer to achieving my dream.
I finally decided I was worth it and I am happy to report that after 365 days of Spanish lessons… I did it! Thirteen hours ahead of my deadline, at 11 a.m. on December 31, 2014, I completed the final lesson. Woo-hoo! Felicitaciones a mi!
In many ways, my decision to invest in myself provided a lifeline throughout this year. In the midst of some very challenging circumstances, it gave me a sense of accomplishment. Every day I knew I was speaking Spanish better than the day before. Every day I was growing closer to achieving my dream.
Events that could have sent me into a funk of depression were countered by my awareness that no matter what is going on around me I can still choose to invest in myself. I don’t have to wait for things to be perfect, and I don’t have to abort my mission when things fall apart around me. Staying true to myself and my dream did not end up being just about learning Spanish. I also learned that the act of investing in yourself can give you both joy and wings!